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Drinking age in London?

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Drinking age in London?

Curious as to what the drinking age is? Can teenagers have a beer if with a parent? Thanks!

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1. Re: Drinking age in London?

Eighteen is the normal drinking age, though over 16s can have beer or wine with a meal if it is purchased by an adult.

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2. Re: Drinking age in London?

You have to be 18 to buy or consume alcohol on a licensed premisis. People aged 16 and 17, with the licensee's permission, may consume wine, beer or cider with a table meal in specific areas of the premises, providing they're with an adult and the adult orders it

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3. Re: Drinking age in London?

We were asked to leave the pub with our son who was 17 and about to drink coke. The manager said we could stay if we were having a meal but as we had already eaten we left. I might add my son was highly embarrassed as we left whilst a little blonde girl of about 8 years old tucked into her burger and chips with mum.

18 and over is about the norm and ID will be requested if the teenager looks younger.

So really it is all down to the managers discretion.

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My daughter got a got servering in a local pub on her 18th birthday because the manager knew her as a customer. She now has to avoid servering the friends she used to drink with.

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5. Re: Drinking age in London?

Wansteader and jdbri are quoting the legal side and that is not up to the discretion of the landlord. We do emphasise, it has to be the adult who buys the alcohol and it has to be with a meal.

Irrespective of this, a landlord may not permit an underage to drink wine or beer (if police come in, who can prove who bought what, when?). Landlords can refuse to serve anybody at any time for any (or no) reason. Some will not serve "children" or allow children into the pub; and there are pubs you would certainly not want to take your kids of any age into. Some will not allow soccer supporters wearing "colours"; other pubs will be full of soccer supporters!

As a general rule, if a pub serves food, children are usually welcome. Sometimes out of "food serving hours", children will not be welcome, especially in the evening. If you are in a "proper" restaurant rather than a pub, it is more common to see a family (of the legal age) drinking wine together.

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6. Re: Drinking age in London?

MissPenelope, it's not quite as harsh as the US - 21 there isn't it? - 18 is the legal age, but we now have a rule whereby if you look under 21, you will be asked for I.D so best to carry some just incase. There are many pubs who turn a blind eye, if the 'teen' in question does not blatantly look under-age, sits quietly with parents out of view and does not make any atempt to go to the bar.

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